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SPI International to Produce Three Additional “Mister Mayfair” Movies Directed by Philippe Martinez with Casper Van Dien Joining the Cast

SPI International announces that they will produce three additional movies about the ups and downs of former New York gangster Max Mayfair with renowned actor Casper Van Dien joining the cast. The first three “Mister Mayfair” movies will be screened for the first time at MIPCOM on Monday, October 14th, between 2:30 PM and 3:45 PM in Auditorium K, Palais des Festivals   

SPI International, 365 Flix International and UK based Goldfinch, announced that they have finished the first three movies about former New York gangster turned London nightclub owner Max Mayfair, produced in collaboration with Highfield Grange Studios and MSR media. The first three Mister Mayfair movies will be screened for the first time at MIPCOM on Monday, October 14th. SPI International felt so strongly about the quality of the three original movies that a new trilogy about Mister Mayfair will be produced.   

The gangster comedy Mister Mayfair revolves around former New York gangster Max Mayfair, who moves to London and opens a nightclub frequented by the capital’s most glamorous crowd. At sixty-five, nothing can stop him – except the arrival of his unknown granddaughter who slams into Max’s life like a freight train, bearing stories of his past as a safe-cracking, New York gangster.             

SPI International will hold a Market Screening for Mister Mayfair at MIPCOM on October 14th, Monday, between 2:30 PM and 3:45 PM in Auditorium K, Palais des Festivals. The audience will have the chance to watch 15 mins from each of the first three Mister Mayfair movies.

SPI International couldn’t be prouder of the first three Mister Mayfair movies. Working with Philippe and Goldfinch proved to be a very productive partnership.  I look forward to start producing the next three movies of Mister Mayfair which I’m confident that viewers will enjoy very much,” said Loni Farhi, President of SPI International.

Scriptwriting and scouting for the new trilogy are already in the works in the UK and Marrakesh. Armand Assante, Nathalie Cox and Soraya Torrens will star in the next chapter. Another exciting addition to the cast of the new Mister Mayfair trilogy is the renowned actor Casper Van Dien. The deal was brokered with Jeff Goldberg who represents Van Dien. The actor also stars in another co-production with director Philippe Martinez called Salvage Marines, which tells the story of a group of soldiers on a militarized deep space operation.  

“The Entertainment industry today is a global phenomenon the likes of which are unprecedented, and the competition for distribution has never been more aggressive,” said Armand Assante, the star of Mister Mayfair. “On behalf of the production team beginning with Loni and Alan, I wish to congratulate our longtime friend writer/director Philippe Martinez on creating an unforgettable combination of music, rhythm, and laughter with Mister Mayfair since day one. We are about to embark on our second trilogy. Philippe, we are with you because of the energy, creativity, and excitement you bring to the set each and every day,” continued Assante.

“I could not be more pleased by Loni’s decision along with our other partners Kirsty Bell and Alan Latham to produce the second trilogy. They all felt that the joy, music, and quality of what they saw in the first trilogy will have the audience wanting to know the next chapter of Max Mayfair adventures. This is really a fun ride for all of us, and Armand is simply phenomenal in the role” said director and producer Philippe Martinez.  

The new Mister Mayfair trilogy will again be directed by Philippe Martinez and produced in partnership with SPI International and British producer Alan Latham, Loni Farhi and Philippe Martinez with Goldfinch and 365 Flix International.  

 

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 60 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. www.spiintl.com

For more information contact:

SPI International/FilmBox

Marc Weismann (GloCreative) marc@glocreative.com

 

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SPI International Enlarges Its Presence at MIPCOM 2019

2019 marks a year of growth for SPI International and the strong team behind it is warming up before the big showcase at this year’s MIPCOM. One of the biggest buyers and distributors of theatrical films and television programming in the international market, SPI continues to expand both its team and footprint across the globe rapidly.

The company disclosed initial deals for its global Turkish drama channel, Timeless Drama Channel (TDC) earlier this year, which has since experienced an incredible surge in demand all over the world. SPI also announced the acquisition of the brand assets of Film1, the Dutch premium television and video-on-demand service at the beginning of July this year, adding Film1 PremiereFilm1 DramaFilm1 Action and Film1 Family to its extensive portfolio of TV channels and digital services. The latest development comes from the production front as SPI International recently unveiled its content production strategy which foregrounds new movies and TV series.

For almost a quarter of a century, SPI has attended MIPCOM as a buyer and seller of both channels and premium content. This year, SPI aims to grow its presence at the market with more channel and content offerings and a greater number of participants from the SPI International group.

This year’s MIPCOM will see a large group of attendees from the SPI family including executives from the content acquisition and channel distribution divisions along with members from the management board at Kino Polska TV S.ASPI International and Film1. Among the attendees are Loni Farhi (President at SPI International), Berk Uziyel (CEO at SPI International), Bogusław Kisielewski (President of the Management Board at Kino Polska TV), Haymi Behar (CMO at SPI International), and Jeroen Bergman (Managing Director at Film1).

SPI International is also getting ready to host two exciting events during MIPCOM 2019. There will be a market screening for the gangster comedy trilogy Mister Mayfair, starring Armand Assante, directed by Philippe Martinez and produced in partnership with 365 Flix International and UK based Goldfinch. The screening will take place on Monday, October 14th between 2:30 – 3:45 PM at Auditorium K, Palais Des Festivals, and will be followed by a cocktail event to celebrate great entertainment accompanied by live music at the Hotel Barrière Le Majestic between 6:00 – 8:30 PM. 

 

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SPI/FilmBox’s Content Production Strategy Includes New Movies and TV Series

SPI International announces its content production strategy for the coming years, which will include movies and TV series. The first product of this strategy, the musical gangster comedy “Mister Mayfair”, will be screened for the first time at MipCOM on Monday, October 14th, between 2:30 PM and 3:45 PM in Auditorium K, Palais des Festivals   

Earlier this year, SPI/FilmBox announced that they started to invest in movie and TV series productions. This strategic approach resulted in a partnership with movie director and producer Philippe Martinez that called for four uniquely entertaining productions. SPI/FilmBox’s content production strategy promises more movies and TV series to come in the following years that viewers everywhere will enjoy.  

“We believe that we have found something extraordinary in our partnership with Philippe. His creativity and work ethic along with his artistic approach to film-making, helps us bring to life entertaining and multi-dimensional stories that will delight audiences worldwide,” said Loni Farhi, President of SPI International.    

Among these four productions is the musical gangster comedy, Mister Mayfair, a trilogy about the ups and downs of former New York gangster turned London nightclub owner, Max Mayfair. In an attempt to escape his past, Max Mayfair builds himself a brand new life brimming with music and dance, surrounded by beautiful and talented people. However, Mister Mayfair’s picture-perfect new life turns upside down when his unknown granddaughter, arrives bearing stories of his past as a safe-cracking, New York gangster. The trilogy stars renowned actor Armand Assante as the titular character, along with movie industry veterans Steven Bauer and Ken Davitian. The trilogy is directed by Philippe Martinez and produced in partnership with SPI International, Goldfinch and 365 Flix International.

SPI/FilmBox will hold a Market Screening for Mister Mayfair at MipCOM on October 14th, Monday, between 2:30 PM and 3:45 PM in Auditorium K, Palais des Festivals. The audience will have the chance to watch 15 mins from each of the three Mister Mayfair movies.

“Working with Loni and the SPI International family has been an absolutely wonderful experience. I am very excited to collaborate with these talented people again on future projects that exude passion, drama, music and resonate well with the audience,” said writer/producer and film-maker, Philippe Martinez.

The other productions include: Salvage Marines, a brand new TV series based on a book by writer Sean-Michael Argo. Casper Van Dien and Peter Shinkoda are the protagonists in a story about a group of soldiers on a militarized deep space operation called Salvage Marines.

The third production, The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud, is a sci-fi action comedy starring Scott Adkins and Tommy Flanagan, tells the story of a space cruiser that crashes on a planet that is home to an intergalactic prison, resulting in all kinds of funny and quirky mishaps.

The fourth production, Miss Willoughby and Bentley, is a trilogy starring John Rhys Davies and Nathalie Cox as the beautiful professor who solves the mysteries behind crimes with her ex-butler Robert and cheeky but reliable dog, Bentley.     

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 60 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. www.spiintl.com

 

For more information contact:

SPI International/FilmBox

Marc Weismann (GloCreative) marc@glocreative.com

 

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SPI/FilmBox Affiliate Kino Polska TV S.A. Brings Hollywood Blockbusters to Central and Eastern Europe through a New Agreement with Paramount Worldwide TV Licensing & Distribution

SPI/FilmBox affiliate Kino Polska TV S.A.’s newly minted agreement with Paramount is certain to entertain movie lovers in Central and Eastern Europe

SPI/FilmBox continues to invest and expand its reach in Central and Eastern Europe markets through a brand new agreement with Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution. This new agreement will give SPI/FilmBox subscribers in Central and Eastern Europe access to blockbuster Hollywood movies and critically acclaimed films.

“I am pleased to announce that Kino Polska TV S.A. and Paramount have signed an agreement that will thrill FilmBox channels subscribers of all ages in Central and Eastern Europe,” said  Magdalena Blasiak, Acquisitions Director at SPI International. “As the Home of Good Movies, we strive to bring our subscribers limitless high-quality content. This selection of acclaimed movies from Paramount is another step towards solidifying this promise,” continued Blasiak.

Dozens of acclaimed films and blockbusters such as the following, are scheduled to be added to the FilmBox service starting in September: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation from Academy Award®-winning director Christopher McQuarrie, The Terminal, starring Oscar® winners Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones and directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, Up in the Air starring Academy Award winner George Clooney, Flight starring Oscar winner Denzel Washington and directed by Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis, director Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond, director Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, among others, will be available both in linear streaming and video on demand.

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 55 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. www.spiintl.com

About Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution

Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution (PWTLD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, consumer products, and digital content for audiences in 180 countries and territories. The PWTLD division is responsible for licensing Paramount Pictures’ feature films and television programming for exhibition across all forms of linear channels as well as on-demand services around the world.

For more information contact:

SPI International/FilmBox

Marc Weismann (GloCreative) marc@glocreative.com

 

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